Peanut Butter and Banana Overnight Oats

What are Overnight Oats in a Jar? A delicious ‘grab n’ go’ breakfast. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, right? If your like me and skip breakfast or order your breakfast at the drive through on your way to work Shame on you and shame on me too. Oh, I eat my obligatory bowl of  bran flakes every morning (now that I’m considered a “senior”) sometimes even with a sliced banana on top, but let’s face it, that can get really boring. Peanut Butter and Banana Overnight Oats is far from boring!

Overnight Oats

With this easy recipe for overnight oats in a jar, you’ll never skip breakfast again. In fact, you’ll look forward to getting up in the morning just so you can get your overnight oats in a jar! No more paying way too much for that lukewarm egg sandwich and those cold, greasy round potato things. Even though once in awhile that lukewarm egg sandwich and those greasy potato rounds taste pretty darn good. It’s ok to indulge one in awhile.

peanut butter and banana

Breakfast in a Jar?

When I first heard or saw the onslaught of overnight breakfast in a jar recipes and images on Pinterest, I was very curious. I mean, how in the world could that concoction possibly taste good? What are/is Overnight Oats in a Jar? The principle behind overnight oats in a jar is a simple one…you add oats to a glass jar or other covered container, add some kind of milk or liquid, some your favorite toppings and pop the jar into the refrigerator overnight. The next morning your delicious breakfast will be waiting for you. You will never have to miss breakfast again, ever.

peanut butter and banana

A Few Pointers

Here are a few pointers to keep in mind when making overnight oatmeal: Most of the recipes for overnight oats are fast, easy and affordable. Roughly 5-10 minutes of prep time. The “add ins” are endless, you can use anything you like. The oats will last 2-3 days in the refrigerator, this gives you 3 mornings of breakfast. You can eat overnight oats directly from the refrigerator or heated in the microwave 1-2 minutes on high. You can use any jar with a tight fitting lid. Empty, cleaned pickle, jam, or canning jars work great. Guideline Recipe for Overnight Oats in a Jar (serves one) Recipe follows.

Peanut Butter and Banana Overnight Oats is made with Quaker Old Fashioned Oatmeal

Peanut Butter and Banana Overnight Oats

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  • 2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 2 cups skim milk
  • 1/2 cup natural peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds, optional
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 bananas, used the day of eating


  • In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients except bananas. Ladle 4 equal servings into jar. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Warm in the microwave for 45 seconds up to 1 minute, then top with 1/2 a banana, sliced, on each serving.


Recipe lightly adapted from: The Art of Comfort Baking
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Guideline Recipe for Overnight Oats in a Jar (serves one)


  • 1 clean jar with a
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup
    rolled oats (fill 1/2 of the jar with oats)
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons
    chia seeds
  • 1 cup
    milk, soy milk, almond milk, coconut milk, etc.
  • 2 tablespoons
    nuts and/or seeds
  • 1 teaspoon
    ground cinnamon and/or other spices
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons
    sweetener, honey, agave syrup, maple syrup
  • variety of
    sliced fresh or frozen fruit

Cooking Directions

  1. Fill glass jar 1/2 full with oats. Add 1 teaspoon chia seeds, optional.
  2. Fill glass with liquid until oats are well coated, such as: skim milk, coconut milk, almond milk, rice milk, orange juice.
  3. Add your favorite ‘add ins’ such as: almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts, pecans, flax seeds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, raisins, berries, fruits like: cherries, apples and/or pears, nut butters, coconut, Greek or plain yogurt…this list goes on and on…
  4. Add spices; ground cinnamon, apple pie spice, pumpkin pie spice, cocoa powder. Sweeteners such as: honey, agave syrup, maple syrup

Overnight Coconut Steel Cut Oats  and  Garlic and Scallion Israeli Couscous are two recipes you’ll want to try.